Did you make a new year’s resolution way back in January, to live better, be healthier, work less and play more, but now when you look back, you have fallen way off track? Is it even more obvious when you’re looking through social media and celebrity Snapchats and you see all these gorgeous and successful people, who are not all that different from you, yet somehow they have managed to keep their motivation throughout the year, and are getting results that are seriously paying off.
Instead of getting jealous or mad, it’s probably time to get even with yourself. And that doesn’t mean take revenge, but get your ‘stuff’ together, so you can actually start achieving the goals you set out for yourself at the start of the year. There are several factors that you need to consider and systems you’ve just got to set up in your life if you want success. Nothing in life gets accomplished without a plan, so creating a plan that works for you, is important, if you want to last the year.
Factor #1: Have a Plan
Having a goal is great, setting it into motion is another thing. You need to have a plan and realize what it is you want from yourself. Are you looking to lose weight? Do you want to make more money? Are you looking to move? Or go back to school, or plan a long-term vacation. Whatever you goal is, you have to have a plan and break it down into small bite-size steps. When you break it down, you can see what short-term decisions you have to make to get to the next step. And so forth, and so on. When you have a plan that is set out weekly or monthly, then you can monitor your progress, and assess your effectiveness, and then figure out if your plan needs some adjustments or alterations. With a year long plan, it will be hard to fall off track, when it’s staring you in your face on a daily basis
Factor #2: Have a Schedule
No great project or decision or campaign has been launched without a schedule. If you look at successful people, they have a schedule, from when they eat, to sleep, work and travel. They can predict themselves and rely on those predictions. Which means smart actions become regular habits. So it doesn’t matter what your goal is, with a schedule and time set aside daily to meet those goals, you are more likely to keep your motivation high, and with small successes, it will further motivate you to keep going.
Factor #3: Have Support
The people in your life, who love you and want you to be happy will support you and those are the people who you need to keep closest. They will help motivate you when you’re down and feeling stressed or overwhelmed, and if they know what your goals are, they will keep you on track when you stray. Support is an important factor because no one can go at it alone, and it’s so much more satisfying when you achieve your goals with your loved ones at your side, cheering you on.
Work in these factors into your yearly plans and goals, and you’ll see a huge difference in your motivation and effectiveness. Get a plan, put it in a schedule, and then gather your support, and by the next new year’s, you should be clinking your glasses to battles won.